By: Kiersten Ehr
Welcome to Green Bay, Wisconsin
My parents surprised me with a ticket to the home game for the Chargers vs. Packers game on October 18th, 2015 (my early christmas gift). I took tons of pictures and videos so my fans and readers can get a glimpse of what makes the Packers so special.
The Green Bay Packers get more respect as a National Football League franchise than any other professional NFL team in my opinion. Whether you are a Dallas Cowboys fan or a Chicago Bears fan the majority of fans and teams respect the legendary Packers.
ACCORDING TO CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT DEAN REYNOLDS SAYS, “GREEN BAY IS THE NFL’S SMALLEST MARKET, IT MIGHT JUST HAVE THE MOST LOYAL AND ENERGETIC FAN BASE IN ALL OF PRO FOOTBALL.”
The rich history of the Packers includes names such as head coach Vince Lombardi (1st to win the Super Bowl), Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers in his prime.
GET TO KNOW THE PACKERS
The interesting tidbit about the Packers is that Green Bay has a population of a little over 100,000 with exceptional loyal fans. It is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States.
Keep in mind this is a city of 104,000 people, with a waiting list for Packers’ season tickets of 112,000.
- According to CBSNEWS.com, the Packers are the only NFL team owned by their fans — 36,000 of them from all around the world own 5 million shares.
- The money allows the Packers to remain competitive with large-market teams, and most important, to remain in Green Bay. (My dad has been on the wait list for decades and still is waiting for his number to be called for season tickets).
The Packers have won 13 league championships, the most in NFL history, including nine NFL titles prior to the Super Bowl era and four Super Bowl victories—in 1967 (Super Bowl I), 1968 (Super Bowl II), 1997 (Super Bowl XXXI) and 2011 (Super Bowl XLV).
Have you ever heard of professional tailgating?
Well it’s real.
Fans in Green Bay take tailgating to a whole different level— people pay a ton of money to get an all you can eat buffet right before the Packer game. The food was amazing you’re talking about the works (hamburgers, hot dogs, shrimp, meatballs, fruit, cake, brownies, beer on tap, grilled veggies, cheese, cheese, and more cheese).
Now you have a better understanding of why the Green Bay Packers are a well respected franchise and why they have some of the best loyal fans in the world.
||I’m a PROUD native Texan Packer cheesehead fan||
Go Pack Go
Until the next time,
Kiersten Ehr ||SportsChic||